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What is the purpose of this site?

Good question.  The purpose of this page is to help you get up and running with Autotrax under Windows 7 or 8.1 in 64-bit.  Hold on, you say, you said it didn't work.  True, but it does work under VirtualBox running Windows 2000 or Windows XP (see proviso later).  Based on Steve Murray's XP driver, I have re-written it to work at the full resolution of the screen.  This means that whether your window is small or in full screen mode, you get Autotrax slathered from edge to edge.  

You don't get that with DOSBox.  And you won't get it with VESA drivers under VirtualBox because everything falls over.

What's the proviso?  It doesn't seem to work right using XP on Win 7.  Funnily enough, it does on Win 8.1.  What happens is that after a complex screen re-draw, it freezes for a few seconds.  The more the complexity, the longer the freeze.  I don't know why but it doesn't do it with Windows 2000.

Disclaimer: Everything's your fault and not a bit of it's mine.

Let's get started.  

This assumes you know your arse from your elbow when it comes to installing software and tinkering with the works of your PC.  If you can't create shortcuts or make batch files and stuff like that then best get out of here to a nice safe place.